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About tony4563

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  1. Hi Mark. Although not long in length the 180m Mak is quite heavy. The single screw of the AZ4 suffices, but I always check and check again that the dovetail has engaged correctly! I have the steel tripod so unsure about how wobbly the aluminium one would be. One advantage of the scope is that it is relatively compact in size, meaning the legs of the tripod dont need to be extended fully, which may make it more stable in use.
  2. Hi Mark. I have mounted mine on an AZ4. Its at the mount's limit, but it's fine as long as you make sure it's mounted properly and happy with a little bounce of the object for a couple of seconds, till it settles in view.
  3. Really appreciating the replies guys. Thank you! Yes, although remote sounds ideal, realistically it need to be pretty close to amenities too. A village like Foxholes seems to be closest to what I need. Away from the glow but a short (ish) drive to the shops. Can't wait to find one though. I'm trawling Rightmove every day looking for somewhere with a wide, open outlook at the back but away from a big city
  4. I'm living in Bradford , West Yorkshire at the moment but for a number of reasons, major light pollution being one of them, I'm thinking of packing up and moving out to a semi rural retreat in North/East Yorkshire or the East Coast around Filey. I'm wanting to live in an area around these areas where I can just take the scope out in my back garden and not worry about a dreaded orange glow ruining my enjoyment of the heavens. Does anyone live in these areas or recommend a village that has the dark skies I'm after? In fact, any fellow members living anywhere in Yorkshire with recommendations of dark skies in their area Many thanks. Tony
  5. Always amazes me when I see Orion upside down in the night sky. Thought I'd post a quick image I took for others to see how it looks
  6. Fantastic image Pete. Well done Sir!
  7. As you can see from my profile Steve, I have the largest aperture Dob that I can safely handle on my own, the largest aperture Mak that I can put on an AZ4 mount, and the largest aperture ED refractor that I can afford. Its all about the aperture. More aperture = Brighter objects and more details. I'm certain you would see more with a 12" Dob compared to the C8 ( which itself is a fine scope ) However, its not as clear cut as that. I've had nights where the Mak or Refractor has performed better that the Dob and vice versa. Its all about the seeing conditions and which scope cuts through the atmosphere better at that time. I own all three and use the best scope on what the night has to offer. The greater aperture of the 12"Dob will help you see more brightness and detail in clusters and nebulae. Galaxies will still be very faint smudges (if that) especially from your Town location. Get to a dark site and it's a different story. That however starts the problem of portability. The 12" is quite a big scope to move around and get in the car. If you are planning on sometimes going to a dark site, then maybe a 10" Dob may be more practical for transport? Have a look at the Revelation 10" or 12" Dobsonians. HIGHLY recommended for the money Would it be worth it? A definete "Yes" from me. On most nights, its an awesome, practical scope, be it widefield views, nebulas or planetary work that floats your boat.
  8. Same here. After recollimating the 12" Dob and pointing to Jupiter, it was a little bit of a let down following the previous nights excellent viewing. The seeing was so so here, and of course no GRS or transits to see. Still nice to look at though.
  9. What a great night's viewing. Jupiter was certainly the star of the show tonight thanks to the excellent seeing. Views through the ED120 at x180 were stunning. The best I've seen in this scope so far. Very crisp and contrasty, with bags of detail visible. The GRS was a lovely brick red and the swirls and festoons in the bands were amazing. Another barge above the GRS clearly seen I was interested to try my other scopes out tonight on Jupiter in comparison, seeing as the conditions were so good. The Mak 180 delivered fantastic views. Very similar to the refractor but with a tiny bit (and I mean tiny bit) less contrast. It did however pick up "waves" of good and not so good seeing, whereas the refractor was perfect pretty much all the time. Its a great scope and is certainly worthy of being called " A poor man's 7" APO " Its been a fab purchase and never regretted buying it for a minute. The 12" Dob actually gave pretty poor views, which I couldn't understand. I've recently flocked it top to bottom and collimated it just a few days ago, but the planet lacked contrast and detail. A quick test with the laser showed the red dot miles away from the centre dot on the primary. I roughly fiddled with the Bobs Knobs to centre the laser and the views were much better. However, it soon lost collimation again so I gave up. I'm thinking maybe the secondry screw has loosened. Whatever it is, it needs sorting. Ah well, that's a job for the next rainy day.
  10. A good hours viewing of Jupiter tonight, although the seeing was so so. GRS quite dark and prominent and Io and Europa very close as mentioned earlier
  11. Callisto appearing from behind Jupiter was awesome tonight. Really enjoyed the viewing tonight
  12. Spoke too soon. It was clear here around an hour ago. ... The clouds have just rolled in ?
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